Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show Kick off in Nashville
Over 6000 cattle producers from across the nation have descended on Nashville for the U.S. cattle industry’s largest meeting, the Cattle Industry Annual Convention and NCBA Trade Show. The convention is hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National CattleWomen, the National Cattlemen’s Foundation and Cattle-Fax.
Wednesday’s activities begin with Cattlemen’s College®, a full day of hands-on instruction and producer education. Sponsored by Pfizer Animal Health, this year’s session is the most comprehensive Cattlemen’s College® ever. It features 18 breakout workshops, on a wide range of topics including estate planning, low-stress cattle handling, conservation easements, the 2007 Farm Bill, calf weaning strategies and preconditioning, and improving genetics.
Nutrition and its role in calving difficulty
Dr. Glen Selk, Oklahoma State University
Nutritional factors affecting dystocia are not fully understood. Dystocia is another term for calving difficulty. It has been established that energy deprivation prior to calving may decrease birth weight. The role of pre-partum protein intake on dystocia has been examined on several occasions.
Semiannual cattle inventory numbers out Friday
by John Perkins
The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is scheduled to release the Semiannual Cattle Inventory Report Friday, February 2, 2007 at 2 PM Central.
All cattle and calves are pegged at 100.3% of a year ago, in a range of 99.2% to 101%. The annual calf crop is seen at 100% to 100.8%, with an average of 100.4%.
The total number of cows and heifers that have calved is estimated at 99.8% of a year ago, with a range of 98.9% to 100.2%. Beef cows/heifers that have calved are placed at 99.7%, in a range of 98.8% to 100.3%. Milk cows/heifers that have calved are expected to come out at 99.1% to 101%, for an average of 100.2%.
Vet’s Corner: Quality assurance is becoming more important to the consumer
By David Barz, D.V.M., Northwest Vet Supply
Tri State Neighbor
Recently the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association made a list of challenges they feel will influence the cattle industry in the future. Producers should understand and plan for how they can fit into this template.
Lack of uniformity in live cattle and beef cuts ranks high on the list of challenges. Everyone knows that the different breeds will not allow us to produce “cookie cutter” fat steers at slaughter. What we need to do is remove the extremes (both top and bottom). We don’t need ribeyes smaller than 10 inches or larger than 17 inches. If producers can fit into this window without excessively heavy or light carcasses, which are not overly fat or lean, they should be able to receive top market prices.
Cattle dispute continues
Aberdeen American News
The paperwork trail that’s required for slaughter cattle is pretty irrefutable
Canadian cattle at a Swift packing plant in Nebraska were delivered directly from Canada, not by a South Dakota livestock producer, a U.S. Department of Agriculture investigation has determined.
Federal law requires Canadian cattle to be shipped only in sealed trucks to feedlots or slaughterhouses.
However, the South Dakota cattleman involved believes some cattle he bought at livestock auctions in the state came from Canada.
Rising hay costs thinning herds
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
FORT WORTH — Larry Norcross’ grandson could have tried on his own to cover the costs of raising his steer and getting it ready for the Stock Show’s junior steer competition.
But if he had, he might have gone broke or given up.
S. Korea urged to follow U.S. safety rules on U.S. beef imports
By Kim Deok-hyun
The United States asked South Korea Tuesday to ease its safety regulations and allow full U.S. beef imports, as the two countries prepared to hold “technical” talks on resolving the beef row.
South Korea, once the world’s third-largest buyer of U.S. beef, agreed to resume U.S. beef imports last year, ending a three-year ban prompted by the outbreak of mad cow disease in the U.S.
However, South Korea has rejected all three shipments of U.S. beef totaling 22.3 tons since the ban was lifted after discovering bone fragments in them in violation of the agreement under which it resumed imports.
Cargill Launches New DNA-Based Cattle-Breeding Tools
A collaborative research and product-development project between Cargill and MMI Genomics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Beltsville, Md.-based MetaMorphix, has resulted in the launch of two new breeding tools for the cattle industry.
Grass Tetany season nears for beef cattle
Beef cattle producers can expect grass tetany to become more of a threat to animals as soon as green grass begins emerging in pastures. Tetany isn’t unique to poorly run cattle and forage operations. It often occurs on better managed farms where the soil gets high rates of nitrogen and potassium from poultry litter or commercial fertilizer.
Cattle on feed report viewed as slightly bearish
Cattle prices for the time being could erode and be confined to the mid-$80 range, based on reaction to the USDA cattle on feed report released Friday.
Cattle and calves on feed in the U.S. as of Jan. 1 totaled 12 million head.
The inventory was up 1 percent from a year ago and marked the highest total for that date since at least 1996, USDA reported.
Meanwhile, placements in feedlots took a hit, but not to the extent expected, according to Dale Durchholz, analyst with AgriVisor Services.